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This Little Underground

Live music columnist Bao Le-Huu takes on the Accidental Music Festival, Cute Lepers, Larf, Deleted Scenes and Hunx and His Punx

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Jim Leatherman

Making very nice ripples was D.C. indie-rock band Deleted Scenes (Sept. 9, Will’s Pub). Casting D.C. rock angularity in intriguing psychedelic washes, they’re a technical band that never loses sight of melodiousness and character. You can either geek out or just plain vibe out to ’em. They’ve got the dynamics, the atmospherics and the songs – the complete package.

But landing like a big, gay and completely amazing cannonball were San Francisco’s Hunx and His Punx (Sept. 10, Will’s Pub). This show was well on its way before they even played a note. During soundcheck, the loud, proud and hilariously charismatic Hunx got everyone in the mood with his good-natured diva-ness, fussing over sonic details that matter little to their style of show and repeatedly asking the sound guy to remove his shirt. (You go, Bob.)

But then they struck and just completely turned this mother out. Something about their sweetheart garage punk really brings out the wild side, because the ready-to-pop crowd erupted into a total animal house. It was one of those all-in happenings where the shit-losing audience is a huge part of the spectacle. They showed up for sure, but we did too, goddammit. And that’s when beautiful, crazy magic happens. This was one of the wall-to-wall wildest shows this year. Put Hunx and His Punx on a gay pride parade float, and they’d turn it into a street party, Ferris Bueller-style.Promise.

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